Headed by industry veterans with more than 60 years of combined industry experience, Thirdrock Group boasts a leadership team that is as critical to our success as our innovative solutions.

Our clients benefit from the collective expertise of a leadership team with extensive knowledge across a wide range of asset classes and disciplines. Prior to Thirdrock, members of the management team worked for prominent financial firms in senior management roles, navigating through varying markets and economic cycles.

Executive Management Team

JasonLai_TR14ok Jason Lai founded Thirdrock in 2010, and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. He was previously Head of China at ABN AMRO Private Bank (Hong Kong) where he led a team of investment professionals in the management of a multi-billion dollar portfolio. His career began in London where he was based until 2004, whereupon returning to Asia, he was appointed key investment advisor to a group of Asian billionaires. Jason has managed assets in several billions cumulatively during his career, and has deep professional experience in multi asset class investing. An award-winning postgraduate from the Architectural Association of London, Jason also flew military jets during his service to his country.

MelvynYeo_0624ok Melvyn Yeo joined Thirdrock in 2011 as Executive Partner after a career in Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC that lasted over a decade. Melvyn’s experience includes direct investment advisory and portfolio management for ultra-high net worth Asian clients and family offices and derivatives and structured products sales in Hong Kong. Melvyn has a Bachelor of Business Administration with High Distinction from University of Michigan Business School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

SamuelChan_0577ok Samuel Chan joined Thirdrock in 2014 as Chief Operations Officer bringing with him over two decades of experience in operations management. Samuel began his career in Salomon Brothers and Baring Securities before moving to Merrill Lynch where he spent 14 years – managing various support services for Asian equities and derivatives in Hong Kong, and subsequently as CFO for Financial Futures and Options Group based in New York, and Head of Pacific Rim Financial Futures and Options Operations based in Singapore. Samuel obtained his BBA and MBA from Bernard M. Baruch College of City University of New York.

WillieOng_0547ok Willie Ong is a pioneer member of Thirdrock and serves as Chief Compliance Officer and Risk Officer. Willie brings with him over a decade of audit and banking operations experience. Willie graduated from Lancaster University with an Honors Degree in Accounting and Finance. Additionally, Willie holds a Diploma in Compliance and is a member of International Compliance Association (MICA).

JasperLai_DSC0187ok Jasper Lai joined Thirdrock in 2015 and now serves as Head of Client Advisory and Mandates (CAM) after nearly two decades with Citibank where he most recently led the Consumer FX franchise at Citibank across Asia Pacific as Managing Director and Head of Foreign Exchange Business, Regional Consumer Treasury. He started his career at Citibank as a Management Associate and successful Foreign Exchange Trader and had over the years played a strategic role in building key FX franchises and spearheading various initiatives for the Asia Pacific Consumer Bank group. Jasper graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.


DominiqueBarazzone_DSC0269ok Dominique Barazzone serves as Advisor, providing support and guidance to Thirdrock, alongside the executive management team. With a global investment and private banking career spanning over 40 years, Dominique was most recently senior banker and team head at Citi Private Bank where he managed the wide-ranging financial needs of ultra high networth clients in Asia. He has also held senior wealth management positions in different geographies including Dubai, London, Hong Kong, Geneva and New York. He started his career at Basle Securities and has worked at other leading institutions including Swiss Bank Corp and Lombard Odier Private Asset Management.

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